I totally agree with Dennis Forbes Grattan, who suggests ways of stopping drunk people clogging up Accident and Emergency units (Letters, 30 December).
Six months ago the Royal College of Nursing said that drunks should not be treated in Scotland’s accident and emergency departments because getting intoxicated “is no accident”.
It was suggested that “drunk tanks” would curb the regular violence against medical staff.
What a sensible suggestion and one must wonder why our well- paid, well-pensioned, cosseted politicians have not already done this.
Drunks are clogging up the A&E, thus diverting nurses from more needy patients.
Idiotic drunks are responsible for a third of A&E attendances, rising to 40 per cent at the weekend.
The Scottish Government must act and give hospitals additional funds to set up these “drunk tanks” and legislation introduced so that “residents” are charged at least £200 for their overnight stay.
This would quickly reduce A&E waiting times.
Drunks would quickly learn a lesson but if not, they would have £200 less to spend on alcohol.